Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Mrs. Cowley, 84, passed away Wednesday at her home in Farmington.
Marie Cowley, widow of longtime downtown Farmington pub owner John Cowley, died Wednesday at her home in Farmington, following a 20-year battle with breast cancer. She was 84. Visitation will be held at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home on Saturday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m., with a rosary prayed Sunday at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held April 22, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 23615 Power Rd., Farmington, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, immediately following the mass. According to an obituary published on the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home website, Mrs. Cowley was born Aug. 29, 1928 in Flint, but her family moved back to Ireland during the Depression. After she and John Cowley …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
In addition to her legal career, Judge Schaeffer was a former Farmington Hills city council member.
Former 47th District Court Judge Margaret Schaeffer, 92, died April 11 at her Farmington Hills home. A memorial service will be held April 16, 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington in Farmington Hills. Born in Detroit on Nov. 21, 1920, Judge Schaeffer received her undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from University of Michigan and was one of only two women graduates in her law class. After serving as a judicial law clerk for judges in Michigan and California, she joined her sister, Cornelia G. Kennedy, in practicing law with their father, Elmer Groefsema, a prominent Detroit attorney. Following their father’s death, the sisters continued to practice law together with the Detroit firm, Markle and Markle. Judge Schaeffer was…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Wolff's political career included service on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
Former Farmington Hills mayor and city council member Donn Wolf is being remembered as a man who was always interested in politics. Wolf died Friday after being ill since November with a form of brain cancer, The Oakland Press reports. He was 77. “He was always, always interested in politics. It came from his mom ... his mom took him out as a little boy, door-to-door politicking,” his wife, Shirley Wolf, told the newspaper. Donn Wolf's political career included service on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Visitation will be held Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m., at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. Twelve Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills. A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m., at Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A public visitation will be held in Sterling Heights Thursday for the 41-year-old second grade teacher and mother of four.
The Gill Elementary School community is mourning the unexpected loss of second grade teacher Deborah Raad, who died April 2. She was 41. A public visitation will be held from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, 36900 Schoenherr Rd. in Sterling Heights. A family service will be held on Friday. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Redemption Church, 29293 Lorraine, Warren MI. A Farmington resident, Mrs. Raad is survived by her husband of 7 years Joseph, and their children Sara, Michael, Mary and Nicholas, according to an obituary posted by Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons. Her father George Courey also survives; her mother, Katherine, preceded her in death. Farmington Public Schools sent…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Date and time of Kaitlin Hehir's funeral have not been set, according to a Plymouth funeral home website.
Funeral services for Plymouth native Kaitlin E. Hehir, 29, whose body was found Saturday in her Farmington home, will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth. According to an obituary published Monday on the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home website, a date and time for the service has not yet been determined. Visitation dates and times at the funeral home have also not been finalized. Kaitlin is survived by her parents, Joseph, Jr. and Mary Hehir; her brother, Brian; and grandmother Regina LaPorte. She is also survived her dog, Rose. Her grandparents Joseph and Doris Hehir preceded her in death. Authorities expect Hehir's boyfriend to be arraigned Tuesday on charges connected to her death. She had been employed at the…
Friday, February 8, 2013
The 91-year-old family patriarch established Cowley's Old Village Inn, known today as John Cowley & Sons, in 1972.
John Cowley, founder of John Cowley & Sons pub in downtown Farmington, died at his home Friday morning. He was 91. With his wife, Marie, he established Cowley's Old Village Inn on Grand River in 1972. The original pub was torn down more than 10 years ago, replaced by a two-story brick building designed in Dublin, Ireland and built with fixtures imported from Ireland and Holland, according to a history posted at johncowleys.com. The business name changed as the couple's three sons, Gregory, Michael and Patrick, became involved. Chefs Brendan and Amy Cowley, Greg's son and daughter-in-law, represent the third generation in the family business. In an obituary published by the Farmington Observer, Greg Cowley described his father as "a hard…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Moehlman penned a book about historic homes and a local history column for the Farmington Observer.
Long-time Farmington Hills resident and local historian Ruth Moehlman, 79, died unexpectedly Wednesday night. A funeral service will be held at noon on Sunday, at the Dorfman Funeral Chapel in Farmington Hills, with Rabbi Paul Yedwab officiating. Burial will take place at Beth El Memorial Cemetery in Livonia. Moehlman was a member of the Farmington Historical Society, Farmington Hills Historic District Commission and had been a docent at the Governor Warner Mansion in Farmington. She hosted a history-related talk show produced through SWOCC Studios and, for many years, wrote a local history column published by the Farmington Observer. In 1993, Moehlman penned If Walls Could Talk, which is filled with engaging stories about historic homes…
Sunday, January 6, 2013
These obituaries were published on the websites of local funeral homes over the past week.
Our thoughts are with the friends and families of these people with Farmington area ties whose obituaries were published over the past week by Thayer-Rock, Heeney-Sundquist and McCabe Funeral Homes, and Dorfman Funeral Chapel: Have you recently lost a loved one? Would you like to mark the anniversary of someone's death? Pay tribute by posting an announcement on Farmington-Farmington Patch. There is no charge. For more information, write to editor Joni Hubred-Golden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, December 31, 2012
The 81-year-old Southfield resident was elected 'Rabbi of the congregation for life' in 1978.
Rabbi Irwin Groner, who served Congregation Shaarey Zedek for more than 50 years, died Dec. 30. He was 81. The Detroit News reports Rabbi Groner died at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, due to complications from Parkinson's disease. A funeral service will be held Jan. 1, 2 p.m., at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Rd., Southfield, with Rabbis Joseph Krakoff, Aaron Starr, Alan Lucas and Cantor Meir Finkelstein officiating. According to an obituary published by Ira Kaufman Funeral Home, Rabbi Groner first came to Shaarey Zedek in Detroit in 1959 as an assistant rabbi and was named senior rabbi in 1967. In 1978, he was elected rabbi of the congregation for life, and 25 years later, was granted the title of Rabbi Emeritus. …
Friday, November 16, 2012
TV pioneer Eliot, 91, passed away peacefully at home in Farmington Hills.
Detroit's beloved weatherman, Sonny Eliot, passed away in his Farmington Hills home Friday. He was 91. The Dorfman Chapel in Farmington Hills is handling funeral arrangements, which are pending. Known for his sunny disposition and his rapid-fire quips, Eliot had a 60-year career in Detroit broadcasting and was a pioneering TV personality. Eliot joined the staff of WWJ-TV (now WDIV) after World War II and stayed there for 35 years. He was a weatherman, host of the annual Thanksgiving Day parade broadcast and hosted an "At the Zoo" series. After TV, he kept the fun going on WWJ radio (950 AM). He was born Marvin Schlossberg on Dec. 5, 1920, in Detroit. Eliot was also a veteran of World War II, according the The Michigan Compainion book, and …